Cars careen in final forty-six laps at Dover
By Kristy Noack
Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway featured a final forty-six laps filled with a multi-vehicle crash, a red flag stop, and banged up cars and paint schemes.
The AAA 400 Driver for Autism included 19 lead changes and 12 caution flags, including the red flag stop on lap 354. Eighteen cars tossed and turned on the track, and the raced was stopped for over 11 minutes as NASCAR officials sorted out who was where and cars and parts were removed from the track.
The race restarted on lap 360 and within six short laps, the yellow flag came out again.
Matt Kenseth battled Kyle Larson for the win. The victory marked Kenseth’s first of the 2016 season and 37th of his career. It also marked only his second top five finish of the year. Kenseth led 48 of the race’s 400 laps.
Larson landed in second place, although he did try to overtake Kenseth in the final laps. Larson led 85 laps.
Chase Elliott, the rookie who replaced Jeff Gordon in the #24 Chevy, finished third. Elliott has slowly been winding his way up the race finishes. He now holds four top five finishes in the 2016 season and is working his way toward number one.
Kasey Kahne took fourth place, and Kurt Busch celebrated another top five finish as he crossed under the black-and-white checkered flag in fifth place.
Polesitter Kevin Harvick led 117 laps. Also leading laps were Brad Keselowski (49), Martin Truex Jr. (47), Carl Edwards (27), Denny Hamlin (15), Greg Biffle (6), Jimmie Johnson, (4), and Joey Logano (2).
Fourteen drivers finished on the lead lap.
As we take a look at the driver standings, Harvick maintains his hold on first place. Just 21 points behind in second place is Kyle Busch. Kyle’s brother Kurt is 32 points behind Harvick. Rounding out the top five are Carl Edwards in fourth place and Jimmie Johnson in fifth place.
NASCAR is off to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. The Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown will happen Friday night. The 20-lap, 20-lap, 10-lap race kicks off two days of racing fun. On Saturday the All-Star Race takes center stage with two 50-lap go-rounds and one 13-lap finale.
Any driver who won a Sprint Cup race in 2015 or thus far in 2016 is given an automatic berth for this weekend’s events. Drivers can also qualify if they are a former All-Star Race or premier series champion.
Saturday’s race will feature those drivers plus the drivers (if not yet included) who won each leg of the Showdown on Friday night. Additionally, a fan vote will send one other driver into the field.
It will be a lot of fun in Charlotte. See who drives away with the win!